The tanker seabass bite here in Monterey Bay last year was pretty good at times. Its just like a seabass bite anywhere, here today and seemingly nowhere tomorrow. I too thought they would bite a Tady with squid on it like they do in SoCal, but my friends who chase them here advised against it. Apparently, the seabass bite around here almost always coincides with big jellyfish floats, and flyining live or fresh dead squid is the only real way not to come up with jellys. But those who fished the right times and kinda just got lucky had some big 40lb fish to show for it.